There are a number of cool ideas for cheap and free terrain. I'll
try to amass them here as time permits.
- GeoBlox provides some free
paper models, including a trireme.
- Basecontact.com (formerly
Not surprisingly, this terrain is intended for Mechwarrior/Battletech.
- Germ's World - 3D paper dungeons
and 1/300 paper buildings.
- Origami -
I kid you not, this enthusiast has paper Samurai (25 mm), Napoleonics
(15 mm), and Sci-Fi
of the Coast Free Chainmail Terrain (25-28mm) - foldup paper
buildings as well as some 2D stuff, such as Rural Church, Town
Tavern, Medieval Inn, Windows and Doors, Versatile Outbuilding,
Blacksmith Shop, Gothic Graveyard, Mausoleum, Rustic Bridge, Woodsman's
Hut, City Walls, Tower, Cottages, Foldup Instructions. Also:
- Miscellaneous -
2D-terrain: Magma Pool, Boulder Piles, Chasm, Sinkhole,
Row of Stalagmites, Subterranean Pool
- Miscellaneous -
2D-terrain: Briars, Hedgerow, High Wall, Hill, Hut,
Low Wall, Mausoleum, Quagmire, Row of Headstones. Row
of Trees. Stake Barrier, Woods, Terrain Rules
Paperware - Some 10 mm scale (I think) paper buildings, very
- Sparks -
Makers of "paper miniatures". In fact they are along the
lines of Steve Jackson Games' Cardboard Heroes (tm). This does not
make the less cool, but the only real paper miniatures I have seen
are the origami ones above, as they have 3D arms, legs, etc.
You can get some great after Christmas deals here in the US. All of
these are painted and ready to go. Lemax is mostly resin/foam. The
others are generally plaster.
Name of item (number, cost after discount) [These are just examples
from shopping in January 2004; I cannot help you find these items]
- Michael's, Hobby Lobby - Lemax Christmas village, 50% off
- Crates (3, $1.50)
- Barrels (1 large, 2 medium, $1.00)
- Lowe's - Carole Towne Collection
- K-Mart - Trim the House, O' Holy Nights. This set features desert
terrain. It is made from plaster, but the pieces are generally pretty
hollow/thin and light.
- The stone bridge looks great and can accommodate two 1" diameter
- The Town Wall is pretty nice, standing 6" high and 7.5" wide.
One end is a finished post, while the other isa broken. It
is brickwork and the paint job is decent.
- For exposed corrugation
in cardboard - light bulb boxes, liner of pizza box (ask the store
for clean stuff)
- Columns - Wedding
cake supply stores; aquarium store; DIY/hardware
stores (ribbed wooden dowels)
- Greenery & Rocks
- aquarium store; dollar stores